Tag Archives: postdoc

Too easy explanations

I spent a lot of my final years in academia being really angry about how ridiculously uncritical many of my fellow scientists are, and how little they actually care about the truth. Here is why: The goal of my subfield … Continue reading

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Some advice for academic search committees

It is very easy to find articles and blog posts about how to behave as an academic job candidate. What not to say, how to dress, how to appear self-confident and flatter the egos of the search committee members at … Continue reading

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Thinking about leaving science

“Are you applying for tenure-track positions?” “Hm. Not really, actually.” “Why?” I have had exactly this conversation about 100 times by now. The problem is that I cannot give a good explanation why I am not applying, so I usually … Continue reading

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Some lessons about living abroad

This fall I have now lived abroad for 5 years in a row, in two different countries, and in total I have spend 6.5 years living in 4 different countries away from home. I will move again in the next … Continue reading

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Old, bitter, mediocre professors should not be in grant reviewing panels

I am writing an ERC starting grant, which is the main instrument of the European Union to support young researchers that want to start their own research group. This is a rather painful exercise, partially because I have to translate … Continue reading

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